Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Winery with Local Roots Nabs Awards

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Winery with Local Roots Nabs Awards

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Falcor Winery, just over California's Mayacamus Mountains in Napa Valley, is an award-winning winery with a pedigree traceable to West Virginia's capital city, two Charleston attorneys and - of all things - "The Neverending Story." "I started it myself in 1995. So, we're on our 20th anniversary this Thanksgiving, said attorney Jim Peterson, who co-owns the winery with fellow Charleston attorney Mike Bee and winery manager Laurie Rich in California.

"For a small winery, we've done quite well.

Indeed, this year Falcor has been on quite a winning spree, winning high honors at three prestigious American wine festivals.

"I do know that we've seen more medals this years than any other year, said Rich, in a telephone interview from the winery's Napa Valley office.

Before listing some of the awards the winery has pulled down this year, Rich explained the roots of its name.

The 1984 epic fantasy film "The Neverending Story, based on a novel by Michael Ende, was such a favorite movie of Jim Peterson's daughter that she named a pet bird after the character of Falkor (with a K). In the film and the book, Falkor is a mythical dog-like creature which flies the story's main character from the land of nothingness to the land of hopes and dreams.

The pet bird died about the time Peterson was starting the winery, said Rich. "And she asked if he would name the winery after her bird.

And so Falcor Winery (with a C) was born and it has, coincidentally, lived up to its founders' hopes and dreams of making award-winning wines.

The winery's 2010 Le Bijou, a Bordeaux blend and the first red wine ever produced by Falcor's winemaker, Fernando Castro, took the limelight in several competitions this year.

The wine earned double gold awards and 97 points at the San Francisco Wine Competition this year from among more than 4,900 wines judged from around the world, said Rich. "It was quite an honor.

A wine that earns a gold medal vote from every judge is awarded a Double Gold.'

Le Bijou went on to win best of class at the 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, earning a gold medal and 96 points, nabbing the distinction from among 3,003 wines from 987 wineries from around the world. …

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